Granger, we need to talk

Chapter 1

Prologue

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All recognizable characters belong to JK Rowling.

No money is being made from this story.

Friday, September 11, 1998

"Granger, we need to talk."

And with those five words, dropped in the quiet buzz of the Eighth Year common room, the first spell of the latest war for control of wizarding culture had been launched. Yes, the effects would take decades to unfold, but, they would sweep away the old wizarding world of Great Britain and Ireland. It would not be as quick as the soon-to-be-again-warriors wanted, but, as irresistible as an avalanche, it would sweep all before it and bury those that stood in its way.

Hermione Granger raised her head from the book she was reading and looked up past her nest of surrounding books, into the diamond bright blue eyes of fellow Eighth year, Daphne Greengrass.

"Yes, what can I do for you?" the brunette, bushy-haired young woman replied, stepping on her irritation at being interrupted as the gorgeous blonde slid into the seat next to her.

"Well," the cultured drawl of the ex-Slytherin Ice Queen quietly carried only as far as Hermione's ear, "First, I would like to tell you that I have in my room several hair conditioning potions that would make a tremendous difference in taming your hair."

Hermione glared back with narrowed eyes at the comment about her normally untamable bushy brown hair.

Hermione's frown was deepening when Daphne held out a large, thick tome and placed it on the table in front of Hermione.

"Secondly, I would take it as a personal favor if you would read this book, and make the time to discuss it with me within a couple of days."

"Greengrass", Hermione replied not deigning to look at the book, "I'm really busy right now."

"I am studying for my classes, working on my Mundane Studies Assistantship duties, I have tutoring sessions and . . . "

"Granger, "Daphne interrupted with a smirk. "We have been in classes less than a week. Even you cannot have reached time saturation yet."

A wand suddenly appeared in the blonde's hand, and before any of the idly curious watchers combat reflexes could react with violence, a quick flick and a silencing with a visual blur ward was around the table, and the wand disappeared.

"Granger, I cannot, repeat, cannot emphasize just how important it is that you read this book. I'm sure what you are doing is important to you at this moment." The blue eyes darkened from whatever Greengrass was remembering from the book. "That will change after you understand what is in here."

"That important, huh?" came the waspish reply from Hermione. "Hell of an opinion of yourself you have there, Greengrass.

"Yes." Came the cool, no-give statement from the blondes' lips.

At that moment, some perverse imp made Hermione open her mouth and say, "Oh, and this book will gift me with understanding what I have to do that is utterly crucial to the fate of the world, correct?"

The famous Ice Queen of Slytherin mask instantly descended on Daphne's face as she slowly lifted her head and locked flat, dead eyes on Hermione.

"You have to save Harry James Potter. Isn't that what you specialize in doing?"

As Hermione gaped in shock, Daphne's wand re-appeared, and with a quick flick, the privacy charms disappeared. She turned and glided back to the couch where her friend Tracy Davis waited with a carefully blank face and the two young women turned and headed off to their bedroom. They left a surprised-looking Hermione Granger and some speculative looks on some of the other faces behind them.

A/N: 9-21-2018

Chapter two will be uploaded as fast as I can get the wifi around here to co-operate.

For all of you who read the one shot, "Granger, let's have a talk", that I uploaded for needed practice, (and brother, did I need the practice!) a revision of that chapter will be about Chapter 18-19 in this story.

Chapter 3 and beyond should be posted about every two weeks through the summer. But I travel in wifi mediocre to poor places and do not think I have forgotten you if delays occur.

Further A/N 9/19/2021: Over the next several months, all the chapters with spelling and grammar corrections will be reloaded. Per Alix33.

Any other found plot hole fixes will be included.